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Old 11-02-2011, 07:08 PM   #11
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Oh, I remembered another horror story of a worker at a fish shop. Not a child, but she started when she was a child. She thought that some bettas were dyed, like blood parrots and mollies. So, whenever she would get one and they would shift colors, she would just flush them because she didn't think it was right for her to have a dyed pet. She has been doing this for years until she told me and I almost passed out. That's what she had done to other fish too- a kissing gourami, an oscar, some type of freshwater eel, etc.

I was speechless. I couldn't even yell at her.
What?! Wow. Some people are just..... Silly!

After stating 'how good my kids are' (LOL) I found my daughter with her hand in my bettas tank, picking up rocks and throwing them back into the tank from a great height. Arrgh!
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I've had grape juice in a tank, a baby wipe, and the big mess...playdough.
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:36 PM   #13
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My 2 yr old LOVES 'her' fish!!! She is constantly trying to pet them & catch them & feed them. The worst she has done (thus far...) is dump an ENTIRE container of sinking pellets into the 20gal when my back was turned because the fish were 'hungry'! OMG, what a MESS!!! The pellets blew up immediately & became a gluey mess that stuck to all of the gravel. I had to remove the fish, empty the tank & wash all of the gravel handful by handful to remove the stuck on pellets....now the fish food remains WELL out of her reach!!!
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This isn't as shocking as most of the other stories I've read, but I worked in a LFS for several years starting in high school. We essentially had one wall with two rows of freshwater tanks the whole way down, and it wasn't uncommon for kids to want to tap on the tanks. (BIG PET PEEVE). I had a child come in one time who went down the entire wall tapping tanks. I kept saying, please don't tap on the tanks," but the kid was oblivious and the mom only responded with "he's only a child" but did nothing to change the behavior. I wanted to snatch a knot in both of them.
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This isn't as shocking as most of the other stories I've read, but I worked in a LFS for several years starting in high school. We essentially had one wall with two rows of freshwater tanks the whole way down, and it wasn't uncommon for kids to want to tap on the tanks. (BIG PET PEEVE). I had a child come in one time who went down the entire wall tapping tanks. I kept saying, please don't tap on the tanks," but the kid was oblivious and the mom only responded with "he's only a child" but did nothing to change the behavior. I wanted to snatch a knot in both of them.
That sounds pretty frustrating. I think dealing with parents who don't expect their children to children to listen would be more annoying than the behavior of the kids.
I ran a nature center for awhile and it was hard to keep kid's hands out of all my tanks. Snakes, fish, crayfish, mice. Whatever it was, hands tried to go in. Ugh.
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I've heard many stories of fish and kids. I've heard about teens pouring beer into tanks for fun at parties... I know someone who bought their 4 year old a goldfish and she decided she wanted to go fishing with a pencil...
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:37 PM   #17
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Oh, I remembered another horror story of a worker at a fish shop. Not a child, but she started when she was a child. She thought that some bettas were dyed, like blood parrots and mollies. So, whenever she would get one and they would shift colors, she would just flush them because she didn't think it was right for her to have a dyed pet. She has been doing this for years until she told me and I almost passed out. That's what she had done to other fish too- a kissing gourami, an oscar, some type of freshwater eel, etc.

I was speechless. I couldn't even yell at her.
I've heard of people flushing fish because they have ich... Completely curable. They didn't know that.
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My 4 yr old daughter had a 25l tank in bedroom and cought her the other night with her pyjama top in the tank. When asked what she was doing the reply was "my top was dry, so needed it wet"..... And also found my pair of police sun glasses in there... . I have since taken tank out.. Lol.. But she loves all our fish..
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I was looking around for a fish tank with a good deal on cragis list a few months back. I finally found a 40 gal i liked with alot included so i went to check it out. When i got there i couldnt even see onto the tank thats how gross the water was, an algea was everywhere! His decorations were about 20 or so whicky, beer, and wine bottles just thrown in there. Haha the only fish that survived was a huge jack dempsy and a 1 foot long common pleco.
Not too much of a horror story, but i was shocked!
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I was looking around for a fish tank with a good deal on cragis list a few months back. I finally found a 40 gal i liked with alot included so i went to check it out. When i got there i couldnt even see onto the tank thats how gross the water was, an algea was everywhere! His decorations were about 20 or so whicky, beer, and wine bottles just thrown in there. Haha the only fish that survived was a huge jack dempsy and a 1 foot long common pleco.
Not too much of a horror story, but i was shocked!
That dude has style.
Just kidding:P
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